Our cervical smears by our fully trained and qualified nurses. A cervical smear takes 30 minutes, and appointments are available throughout the day or during our dedicated smear clinics between 5-6pm from Monday to Thursday.
Once the sample is taken, the sample is then tested for abnormal cell changes and STI symptoms.
All women who have cervical smears are part of The National Cervical Screening Programme, unless they specifically state that they do not want to be. We recommend that all women stay within the programme due to the following benefits:
- Availability of records to you, your smear taker and the laboratory reading your tests
- Automatic reminder letters when you are overdue for having a cervical smear test
- Checks to ensure the right follow-up after an abnormal smear test
- Planning for the needs of different ethnic groups
The programme is checked regularly to see that it is working well and it is measured against National Quality Standards to help all women get the best possible screening and treatment.